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Schmidt Glacier
Heard Island and McDonald Islands on the globe (Antarctica centered).svg
Location of Heard Island and McDonald Islands on the globe
Type cirque/tidewater
Location Heard Island
Territory of Heard Island and McDonald Islands
Australia
Coordinates 53°3′S 73°24′E / 53.050°S 73.400°E / -53.050; 73.400
Length 0.7 nautical miles (1.3 km)
Thickness approximately 55 meters
Terminus between Mount Drygalski and North West Cornice
Status Retreating

Schmidt Glacier (53°3′S 73°24′E / 53.050°S 73.400°E / -53.050; 73.400) is a glacier, 0.7 nautical miles (1.3 km) long, flowing west from Baudissin Glacier between Mount Drygalski and North West Cornice, on the west side of Heard Island in the southern Indian Ocean. To the north of Schmidt Glacier is Baudissin Glacier, whose terminus is located at the western side of Corinthian Bay, near Sealers Cove. Kildalkey Head is west of Schmidt Glacier. To the south of Schmidt Glacier is Vahsel Glacier, whose terminus is at South West Bay, between Erratic Point and Cape Gazert. Immediately south of Vahsel Glacier is Allison Glacier. Click here to see a map of Schmidt Glacier and the northwestern coast of Heard Island.

Discovery and naming

Schmidt Glacier was roughly charted in 1902 by the 1st German Antarctic Expedition under Erich von Drygalski. He named it for Dr. J. Schmidt of the Royal Prussian Ministry, who assisted in obtaining government support for the expedition.

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Coordinates: 53°3′S 73°24′E / 53.050°S 73.400°E / -53.050; 73.400  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Geological Survey document "Schmidt Glacier (Heard Island and McDonald Islands)" (content from the Geographic Names Information System). Lua error in Module:EditAtWikidata at line 37: attempt to index field 'wikibase' (a nil value).

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